Emergency Dentistry

Bronx, NY

At Riverdale Dental, P.C., located in Bronx, NY, we understand that dental emergencies can be both distressing and discomforting. That’s why our dedicated team is committed to providing prompt, compassionate, and effective emergency dental care when you need it the most. Our practice is equipped with advanced technology and staffed by experienced professionals who are prepared to handle a wide range of dental emergencies with the utmost care and efficiency.

Knowing that a dental emergency can occur at any time, we strive to make our emergency services as accessible and reassuring as possible. Whether you’re dealing with a severe toothache, a broken tooth, or any other urgent dental issue, Riverdale Dental, P.C. is here to offer immediate relief and expert care. We prioritize your comfort and oral health, ensuring that you receive the right treatment at the right time.

Understanding Dental Emergencies

A dental emergency can be broadly defined as any oral health issue that requires immediate attention to alleviate severe discomfort, bleeding, or risk of infection, or to save a tooth. Common dental emergencies include severe toothache, knocked-out teeth, chipped or broken teeth, lost fillings or crowns, abscesses, and injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth.

When To Seek Emergency Care

Immediate care is crucial in certain situations to prevent further complications or more serious health issues. You should seek emergency dental care if you experience:

  • Knocked-out tooth: Time is critical in saving a knocked-out tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root, and try to reinsert it in the socket. If that’s not possible, keep it moist until you get to our office.
  • Severe toothache: A toothache that is severe and not alleviated by over-the-counter pain medication may indicate an infection that requires prompt treatment.
  • Broken, chipped, or cracked tooth: These can cause severe pain and lead to further damage or infection.
  • Lost filling or crown: This exposes the tooth to potential damage and infection.
  • Abscess or infection: Indicated by a painful, pimple-like swelling on your gums, an abscess can lead to more serious systemic infections if not treated promptly.

Guidance For Dental Emergencies

In the event of a dental emergency, taking the right actions can make a significant difference in the outcome. Here are some guidelines:

  • Knocked-out tooth: Rinse it gently in water, but do not scrub. Try to place it back in the socket or keep it in a container of milk or saliva.
  • Severe toothache: Rinse your mouth with warm water and gently floss to remove any trapped food. Avoid applying aspirin directly to the tooth or gums.
  • Broken, chipped, or cracked tooth: Save any pieces of the tooth. Rinse your mouth and any broken pieces with warm water. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area.
  • Lost filling or crown: Keep the crown in a safe place and bring it to your appointment.
  • Abscess or infection: Rinse your mouth with mild salt water several times a day to reduce pain and draw the pus to the surface. Contact our office for treatment.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

While not all dental emergencies can be prevented, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk:

  • Regular dental check-ups: Routine visits allow for early detection and treatment of issues before they become emergencies.
  • Good oral hygiene: Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash can significantly reduce the risk of dental problems.
  • Protective gear: Wear mouthguards during sports and avoid chewing on hard objects like ice or hard candy.

We Are Here When You Need Us

At Riverdale Dental, P.C., we are here to provide immediate, compassionate care in your time of need. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately. Our team is ready to offer the expert care and reassurance you need to get through any dental crisis. Your oral health and comfort are our top priorities, and we’re dedicated to providing the care you need, when you need it.

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